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How Cruz the Outsider Won Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Victims

The U.S. flag flew at half staff over the U.S. Capitol in honor of the victims of the 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

Updated 7:40 p.m. | On Ted Cruz's Senate office wall hangs a framed copy of one of the Texas Republican's proudest legislative accomplishments. And like the outsider persona he touts on the presidential campaign trail, Cruz eventually voted against the bill that made it happen.  

Cruz added an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act last year in the Armed Services committee that ultimately awarded the Purple Heart to victims of the 2009 massacre at the Fort Hood military facility in Texas. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 injured.  

Senate Bill Puts Guantanamo on Path to Close

The Senate Armed Services Committee has laid out a path for closing Guantanamo. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to give President Barack Obama the authority to close the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, unless veto-proof majorities in Congress object.  

Announcing the results of the annual marathon closed markup of the defense policy bill, Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced language related to the Guantanamo facility and transfer of detainees to U.S. soil.